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DishDiva : Welcome to MSN Live. Tonight we are pleased to welcome Alanis
Morissette to MSN Live. Alanis, it's great to have you here tonight!

Alanis_Morissette : Hi! Nice to be here. Hello to everybody out there.

DishDiva : We have so many questions, so let's get started!

DishDiva : Neberu Asks: (michael) Alanis, how important is "dreamwork" in
your life? Does it influence your songwriting significantly?

Alanis_Morissette : I work out a lot of my subconscious issues, and journal
about it in the morning. So my dreams definitely effect what I write about.

DishDiva : musiclover66 Asks: As a Musician in the competitive, sometimes
dark business of music, do you ever feel like a member of a lost/lone tribe?

Alanis_Morissette : I think the challenge has been integrating the business
side of things, where there are a lot of things that I disagree with, and
the creative/artistic side. Now to enable both sides of them help me to use
both sides of my brain so I enjoy it. It's empowering.

DishDiva : Do you consider yourself more left or right brained?

Alanis_Morissette : (laughs) Both actually.

DishDiva : ChelseyM Asks: Where you nervous giving your speech about
Napstar and how were you chosen to do so?

Alanis_Morissette : I think they asked several artists and I was not only
up for it, but for writing my own speach. I wasn't nervous saying my
speach, but to get it all in the 5 minutes that was allowed and getting
everything in in that time.

DishDiva : For those who haven't heard your opinion about Napster, can you
tell us where you stand?

Alanis_Morissette : I believe there is going to be a way for Napster or
like services will be able to share music, but also so that the artists
will be compensated and monitored. I think it's all a good idea, but it
needs to be monitored.

DishDiva : TimeofTheMonkey Asks: Do you feel that "Jagged Little Pill"
pushed you into finding a calm retreat?

Alanis_Morissette : I think so, there were a lot of disillusioning moments,
and things that I had strived for from youth, I was able to see the
fruition, and I was able to tap into my spirituality in a way I hadn't done

DishDiva : luvcarrie says: Hi Alanis. Do you prefer to be called Alanis as
in land or Al-ah-nis?

Alanis_Morissette : (laughs) Lan as in Land. It's very Canadian to say it
like that and I'm very Canadian. The American way is fine too.

DishDiva : wzdum Asks: To Alanis: Being a fellow yogini, I too have--and,
still am experiencing major changes in all areas of my life. How has yoga
changed you?

Alanis_Morissette : It's allowed me to tap back into my physical self and
integrate my spiritual, physical, and intellect and find a middle ground
for them all. Also I can work muscles that other excercises don't use.

DishDiva : Is there one type of Yoga you practice?

Alanis_Morissette : I do a Iyengar and Ashtanga

DishDiva : peaking of spirituality. You recently traveled to Navajo Nation,
Arizona for your Music in High Places Adventure.

<MSN Event Manager>Tonight! Alanis Morissette chats about the connection
between music and spirituality that she discovered during her
stay in Navajo Nation, Arizona. http://chat.msn.com/chatroom.asp?rm=onstage

DishDiva : RogerDeGrey Asks: Alanis, do you believe that your visit to the
Navajo Nation affected the style of music or lyrics that you included
on your new album? If so, in what ways?

Alanis_Morissette : I think it may have influenced me in subconscious ways,
and their way of life is definitely inspired.

DishDiva : What did you take away from your adventure in Arizona?

Alanis_Morissette : I built a sweatlodge in my back yard.

Alanis_Morissette : It's a very personalized, cleansing experience.

DishDiva : Still on a philosphical slant here, Giammaria Asks: Alanis, how
is the best experience of your life?

Alanis_Morissette : (laughs) I don't think there's ever been just one.

Alanis_Morissette : I think during my trip to India I was having
Conversations with God and I felt it was very pivotal. This was right after
the "Jagged Little Pill" tour ended.

DishDiva : TandinsGirl Asks: Do you ever plan to release "Sympathetic

Alanis_Morissette : Probably not as a single.

DishDiva : JanieRebecca Asks: If you weren't a singer/songwriter/actress,
which profession would u choose for yourself and why?

Alanis_Morissette : I would be an author and I would be a director and I
would be a gardener and a nomadic traveler.

DishDiva : What are some of the most amazing places you have traveled to?

Alanis_Morissette : Number 1 is India. I love South America, I love Morocco
and Israil is pretty incredible as well.

DishDiva : worldofdev Asks: Would you ever consider a career as a Canadian

Alanis_Morissette : Absolutely!!!

Alanis_Morissette : (laughs)

DishDiva : bunny Asks: In the movie, "Dogma," what was her role? God?

Alanis_Morissette : Yes.

DishDiva : Nothing like going right for the top.

Alanis_Morissette : (laughs)

DishDiva : BlazeLuna Asks: Do you miss your television days from when you
were younger?

Alanis_Morissette : Yeah, I do. A lot of baptism by fire at that time and I
do miss it although I would probably do it in a different capacity now.

DishDiva : Would you consider going back to TV?

Alanis_Morissette : Maybe the odd cameo, but not as a full time career.

DishDiva : joshco312 Asks: What is the coolest thing in the world?

Alanis_Morissette : (laughs) Seeing somebody and feeling seen.

DishDiva : domen1974 Asks: Are there any books you have read lately that
you would like to recommend to us?

Alanis_Morissette : Definitely any of the "Conversations with God" books. I
read Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who just passed away. I've been reading a lot
of poetry by Rainer, and Marie Rilke.

DishDiva : supposedalanisfan Asks: Alanis, if you were a member of
Congress, what sort of bill/resolution would you like to get passed? Kristina

Alanis_Morissette : That's going to take an hour to answer, but there's a
few issues being addressed. One is the work issue, we need representatives
in Congress and need to raise money for that. The other issue is we want to
have interactive services online and determine where and when that will
happen. Basically we want the right for the services and we need a 3rd

Alanis_Morissette : neutral party.

Alanis_Morissette : to be the central monitoring factor to see what's going
on in the internet like the BMI or ASCAP, so that the money would go
directly to the artists.

DishDiva : We are talking with Alanis Morissette. Following Alanis
Morissette, join us for comedian, Tom Green. We are in moderated mode. If
you have a question for Alanis, please whisper your question to

Alanis_Morissette : One of the most important things is the 7 yr. rule for
artists contracts would let the artists have free agency. This is one of
the last industries to consider it.

DishDiva : LittleAlondra Asks: Do you have something that you always carry
with you?

Alanis_Morissette : I travel with my teddy bear always. His name is Bere.

DishDiva : Was he given to you by someone special?

Alanis_Morissette : Yes, me. (laughs)

Alanis_Morissette : He helped me through a breakup, so we have some pretty
high solidarity factors going on.

DishDiva : birdie_wi Asks: What is the one thing that you feel people would
be surprised to know about you?

Alanis_Morissette : That I don't take anything that seriously, if at all.

DishDiva : Which is more you: the quiet spiritual girl or the outgoing
party girl?

Alanis_Morissette : They're me. They both have equal ground.

Alanis_Morissette : I just believe in the concept of freedom in a structure
in this realm.

DishDiva : AE_Abercrombie231509 Asks: Who has influenced you in your life
the most and how have they done so?

Alanis_Morissette : I feel I have been influenced by so many people, I
don't know if there is just one.

DishDiva : kittygirlbecca Asks: Do you ever get nervous before a performance?

Alanis_Morissette : I'm very nervous and when I've been performing a lot, I
get excited.

DishDiva : Do you have any nervous habits?

<MSN Event Manager>Tonight! Alanis Morissette chats about the connection
between music and spirituality that she discovered during her stay in
Navajo Nation, Arizona. http://chat.msn.com/chatroom.asp?rm=onstage

Alanis_Morissette : Yes. Giggling. (laughs) I laugh a lot when I'm nervous
and if I'm really nervous, I chew on things. I have an oral thing going on.

DishDiva : As you are now. . .

DishDiva : I would have pictured you a twirling the hair kind of girl. . .

Alanis_Morissette : I do that too.

DishDiva : joananm Asks: Are you vegetarian or vegan?

Alanis_Morissette : I tried vegetarianism for a year until I learned I was
alergic to soy. Which was a revalotory moment so ultimately I would like to
not eat meat.

DishDiva : Itwazntme Asks: Did you ever think in your wildest dreams you
would be where you are today?

Alanis_Morissette : On some levels, not at all, and on another, I had
experienced what I'm feeling now. I saw it in my head. I'm very grateful
for what I'm experiencing now, but I also think I'm experiencing things
that I have manifested from as far back as I can remember.

DishDiva : rebelwithoutaclue15 Asks: What is one of your favorite quotes?

Alanis_Morissette : I have a funny quote on my fridge "Before you critisize
someone, walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you criticize them,
you're a mile away and you have their shoes."

DishDiva : russell2000x Asks: When did you begin performing, and when did
you know you were actually going to make it?

Alanis_Morissette : I started playing piano when I was 6, dancing at 7,
writing songs at 9, and writing poetry when I was younger so I always knew
I would express myself through poetry and words. I felt I had made it when
I felt I was expressing myself authentically.

DishDiva : queencarrie21 Asks: Is it hard to find a man to respect her for
her and not because you are a celeb?

Alanis_Morissette : There may a challenge in that department the first
couple of times I meet someone. Once that feeling disolves, then they
become more comfortable with me.

DishDiva : Irene120382 Asks: Is it true that you went to a school for very
clever people?

Alanis_Morissette : I was in the gifted program at the many schools I was
in with my twin brother.

Alanis_Morissette : The school was a great school and we would get bussed
off a couple times a week to go to these "special classes" whatever that means.

DishDiva : Did your parents expect you to be a doctor or or lawyer or
something else "clever"?

Alanis_Morissette : No, I have to say, my parents were very supportive of
me being whatever I wanted to be from the time I began. I gave them much
appreciation for that. They weren't the kind of parents to say "You can't"
they let me go out and do what I wanted to do.

DishDiva : Is it ever hard to come up with the passion for a song that you
have song over and over and over like "Ironic"?

Alanis_Morissette : No. Because I love singing so much. The moment it would
be a challenge, I would have to stop singing it.

Alanis_Morissette : So if you stop hearing certain songs, you'll know
that's happened. (laughs0

DishDiva : Tom_Rocks_My_World Asks: The song "Ironic" is by far my favorite
song of yours. What is your favorite song that you perform?

Alanis_Morissette : I don't have a favorite overall, but when I'm playing
life I have one that is a favorite and then it changes. Right now it's "21
Things I Want in a Lover."

Alanis_Morissette : playing live.

DishDiva : bellastrong says: Earlier you talked about dreams. Do you have
the same dream a lot and do you dream in color?

Alanis_Morissette : Yes, I dream in color. I have certain recurring dreams,
that you could find in dream books, mostly with what I'm dealing with at
the moment. There's a lot of guidance in them for me.

DishDiva : MagpieThief Asks: Would you ever say that singing/songwriting
was an "exorcism" and if so, does playing live take that to another level?

Alanis_Morissette : Absolutely. Writing is incredibly therapeudic, and to
do it on stage does take it to a different level. Whether there are 3 or
300,000 in the audience.

DishDiva : Muzik_DJ Asks: Alanis, the *Parental Advisory Explict Content*
label. Do you think it's a good idea or just lots of bull?

Alanis_Morissette : On certain level I think no harm, no foul. I think
parents reserve the right to choose CDs they want their 9 yr. old child to
listen to. If someone doesn't want their children to listen to my songs
because of the lyrics, that's their choice. And if someone if very desirous
to listen to my music, they will.

DishDiva : Internalfear0 Asks: Politically, are you more radical or

Alanis_Morissette : I'm a Liberal, and I take every case by case and I use
my intuition, and I find myself erring on the side of being Liberal.

DishDiva : Jordan336 Asks: If you could change your life, would you change
it, and if so, how?

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Alanis_Morissette : I always change my life. But as I get older things stay
more consistant and my values and beliefs stay the same. I'm still getting
it together in relationships and where and how I spend my time that's
shifting a little bit.

DishDiva : Alanis, the last question tonight comes from who groovetoon
Asks: Has your recent journey allowed you to see the inner crossroad, the
point where the Ego meets the Soul?

Alanis_Morissette : Yes, through looking at each other and ultimately it's
my Soul that I go to each time and if I don't get to it, I will shortly

Alanis_Morissette : Just reminding myself every day it's about who I'm
being and why I'm being. Moreso that it's important than what I'm doing.
It's more important to know what I'm being at a moment rather than what I'm

DishDiva : Alanis, thank you for joining us tonight. I know this is a rare
experience, chatting with you online. Any final thoughts as we close out
this event?

Alanis_Morissette : So much love sent out to everybody, I'll see you sometime!

DishDiva : Thanks, Alanis! The new CD is being released when?

DishDiva : Great. We'll look out for it.

Alanis_Morissette : I'm in the middle of renegotiating with the record
company so it would be great if it came out in the next few months.

DishDiva : Stay tuned. Tom Green is up next.